Well, this is awkward. Canon has recently posted an image on a few of their social media accounts. The first thing to notice is that they didn’t give credits to the photographer in either of the posts. But guys from FStoppers discovered more. First, the image is a composite. And second, one of the photos used for it was actually shot on a Fujifilm X-T1.
As the holiday season is nearly upon us, and we are about to get drowned in a sea of Tinsel and mistletoe. I thought it would be a good time to give you a breakdown of one of my older images, Bad Santa. So put on your festive jumpers, grab a cup of Eggnog and settle down by the stockings because we are about to get festive![Read More…]
Jason Hahn is a photographer and digital artist living in Phoenix Arizona.
In his own words “[I’ve been there] for most of my life, with my wife and three sons. I operate a family owned Marble and Granite company for a living in north Phoenix, but that doesn’t stop me from immersing myself into my passion for digital art and photography when I find the time.
I started out as a pencil artist first before photography. Drawing and painting was something I did as a kid and never stopped loving, but after I got married and started to have kids, I had to put the pencil down. Around 2002-2003, I received a copy of Photoshop from my father in-law. I dabbled with it for a while and used it to digitally paint some of my old comic book drawings, but having young children, I just didn’t have time for it.
It wasn’t until 2009 that I got back into Photoshop because my wife became a fitness model and competitor. I bought my first camera and started to take pictures of my wife and edited them to help her to build a modeling portfolio.”[Read More…]
Recently I got to speak to Gilmar Smith. I have been following Gilmar’s work online for a while now and I love it. I wanted to share with you all the creativity and imagination she brings to her images. Gilmar describes herself as a self-taught photographer, Photoshop addict and a social media junkie specializing in Creative Portraiture and composites, based in Orlando, Florida.
She is a single mother of two amazing kids who are her major source of inspiration. [Read More…]
Now and again its good to go back and look through your old images. One of my most popular images is one called Warriors come out to play. My techniques and style have changed in the following years after this, but I always get people asking for a breakdown, so here it is.
Using her photography and photo manipulation skills, photographer Karen Alsop created her version of a time travel. When her mother found a photo of Karen’s Great Great Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother, it made Karen wonder: what it would be like to meet her ancestors, sit down and talk to them? Even more, how incredible it would be for her kids to meet them? And so, the idea was born.
She had a photo shoot with her two children and photoshopped them into the photo her mom had found, which dates back to the early 1900’s. The final result is incredible, and when she shared it on Facebook, most of her family and friends thought that the kids are the relatives who only resemble her children.
Karen has kindly shared the details about the entire process with us. From the photo shoot to compositing and colorizing the final image, even some BTS shots. It was a long and demanding task, but it was well worth the result.
Recently I got to work with FX makeup artist Nikoleta Tzani on a few projects. So far or collaborations have created neo-noir demons, Zombie hordes, Baba Yaga (a Slavic witch) and Recently this homage to Universal Studios Wolfman. Being that we are both big horror fans, I jumped at the chance when Nikoleta said she had a wolfman project ready to go. When planning how I would shoot the image I knew that even though it is a little cliche, I would need to have the moon featured somewhere. But then I thought how cool it would be to use my large octa to mimic the moon light and feature in the image as the actual moon.
To pull this off it was easier than I thought. All I had to do was place the octa directly behind the model. It was large enough to fill the screen, but also create a wrap around light, giving depth to the models form. All I had to do then was use a smaller soft box in front of the model and add a little fill light to get some details in the shadows. For me I always like to play with angles. Naturally, I always tend to shoot straight on at the start; I’m not sure why I do this. Then slowly I will start to move left and right, with the model locked in his pose and only me moving. It’s amazing how only a few little steps to either side can create some great angles or add depth to the form of your model.
There are several approaches to creating composites, and whichever you choose, it takes some time and effort to make it look good. Young photographer Kaiwan Abdulrahman will guide you through creating a realistic composite from two images using Lightroom and Photoshop. In this 12 minute tutorial, he makes it look easier than ever. I’m sure you’ll find it useful if you’re searching for a good method for combining the images and creating composites.
If you take a left turn from the comfort of your usual photography sites and safe viewing places you might notice there is at them moment a wealth of darker delights for you to find. Images that shock, awe and downright creep you out. Horror photography seems to be having a little boost right now, with many cool artists forwarding the genre. One of these artists is Thomas G Anderson the winner of this years I-horror horror photographer of the year award. I had the pleasure of interviewing Thomas for DIY.